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Royals honor 2012 minor league award winners

The Royals this morning at the club’s Spring Training complex in Surprise, Ariz., honored six individuals with minor league awards for the 2012 season.

Brett Eibner, recipient of the Frank White Defensive Player of the Year – recognizing the organization’s top defensive player. Eibner, 24, was the Royals’ second round selection in the 2010 Draft. He played the entire 2012 season with High-A Wilmington, serving as the Blue Rocks’ primary centerfielder for the campaign, recording five outfield assists and leading the club’s regular outfielders with a .977 fielding percentage.

Alex McClure, recipient of the Mike Sweeney Award – recognizing a player who best represents the organization on and off the field. The 23-year-old McClure split his 2012 season between Wilmington and Double-A Northwest Arkansas. The infielder was a regular at several community visits for both clubs and also was a large part of the Naturals’ Faith and Family Day celebration.

Terrance Gore, recipient of the Willie Wilson Award – recognizing the organization’s top baserunner. Gore, 21, stole an Appalachian League-leading 36 bases in 38 attempts while playing 2012 with Burlington. The Macon, Ga., resident was the Royals’ 20th round selection in the 2011 Draft.

Victor Baez, recipient of the Dick Howser Player Development Person of the Year – recognizing an outstanding member of player development. Baez, the Royals’ Dominican Academy Coordinator, is currently in his sixth season with the organization. Baez was instrumental last year in helping the Royals move into a brand-new complex in Mojarra, Guerra, 40 minutes east of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic.

Kevin Linton, Director of Community Affairs with the Wilmington Blue Rocks, is the recipient of the Matt Minker Award – recognizing an outstanding minor league affiliate employee. Linton is currently in his 12th season with Wilmington and is widely recognized for his community work in the Wilmington area.

Colin Gonzales, recipient of the Art Stewart Award – recognizing an outstanding scout. Gonzales is currently the Royals area scout in Southern California and was unable to attend this morning’s ceremony. He will be honored prior to a Royals game at Kauffman Stadium at a to-be-determined date.

Congrats to Brett, Alex, Terrance, Victor, Kevin and Colin!

Royals sign 2010 draft picks Brett Eibner (2nd round) and Jason Adam (5th round)

The Royals announced today that the club has signed 2010 second-round selection, centerfielder Brett Eibner, and fifth-round pick, right-handed pitcher Jason Adam.  Consistent with club policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed.  Both players will report tomorrow: Eibner to the Idaho Falls Chukars and Adam to the Surprise Royals.

Eibner, a Houston native, hit .333 with 22 home runs and 71 RBI for the Arkansas Razorbacks as a junior this season.  The six-foot-four, 210-pounder was named to the 2010 watch list for the Golden Spikes Award and the Olerud Award, which recognizes college baseball’s best two-way player.  Eibner also compiled a 3-5 mark and a 4.34 ERA in 58.0 IP on the mound as a right-handed pitcher.  The right-handed hitter was originally drafted by the Houston Astros in the fourth round in 2007, but chose to attend the University of Arkansas.

Adam is a local Kansas City product from Blue Valley Northwest High School in Overland Park, Kan., where he went 4-3 with a 1.51 ERA and 79 strikeouts in 41.2 innings for the Huskies.  Adam was named first-team All-State in Kansas Class 6A in June.  The six-foot-four, 225-pound hurler turned down a scholarship offer from the University of Missouri to sign with the Royals.

The Royals signed 37 of their 50 selections from the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, including 21 of the club’s top 22 picks.

Royals complete second day of draft

The Royals completed the second day of the 2010 First-Year Rule 4 Player Draft today, selecting 29 players after drafting shortstop Christian Colon in the first round on Monday. 

Kansas City’s first selection of the day came in the second round (54th overall) when they chose University of Arkansas centerfielder Brett Eibner.  The Houston native has batted .337 with 21 home runs and 69 RBI for the Razorbacks.  He was named to the watch list for the Olerud Award, which recognizes college baseball’s best two-way player.  Eibner has compiled a 3-4 mark and a 4.39 ERA in 55.1 IP on the mound 

The Royals went with a local prep star in the fifth round, selecting right-handed pitcher Jason Adam from Blue Valley Northwest High School.  Other local selections included University of Nebraska pitcher Michael Mariot (eighth round), Oklahoma State catcher Kevin David (19th round) and University of Missouri shortstop Michael Liberto (21st round). 

The Royals selected Brian Fletcher, son of former Major League infielder Scott Fletcher, in the 18th round.  The Auburn University outfielder is currently second in the SEC with 22 home runs.

The club selected five players out of high school and 24 from the college ranks today, including two junior college picks (Miami Dade teammates Daniel Hernandez and Jose Rodriguez). Among the 30 players selected over the first two days, the position-by-position breakdown includes: 14 pitchers (11 right-handers, three left-handers), three catchers, six infielders and seven outfielders.

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